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How to ease your marking workload as a primary teacher

By 26/04/2024April 30th, 2024No Comments

We asked primary school teachers how they cut down on the amount of time they spend marking. Read on to learn their top tips.

  • Ask children to open their books to the page they’ve been working on before handing them in.
  • Mark tests one page at a time so you don’t need to keep checking the answers.
  • Include a marking grid on a worksheet or in pupils’ books, so they know what’s expected of them. You can simply tick the appropriate boxes when it comes time to mark.
  • Use different types of feedback (peer/self/written/live) to add variety and reduce your marking workload.
  • Create a marking key to reduce the amount of writing you have to do when marking.
  • Sometimes it makes sense to choose the most important focus of a piece of writing (e.g. structure, vocabulary, factual accuracy) and mark it based on that criterion alone.
  • Tape your two marking pens end to end so you can easily flip them.

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